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January 6, 2015

Happy New Year from Grantmakers In Aging! We hope all of our Members, friends, and followers enjoy meaningful connections and fruitful collaborations in 2015. In that spirit, we’re pleased to announce the #GenTogether social media campaign, which encourages people of different generations to team up, take a "selfie" photo together, and post it on social media. By bringing people together and celebrating intergenerational friendship, #GenTogether creates opportunities to reduce loneliness, social isolation, and lifestyles siloed by age. Connect, share the moment, and have a little fun. It might just make your day, and theirs.

Check out the latest #GenTogether selfies, and visit the GIA site to learn how you, your family and friends, or your organization can participate!

Seeking Volunteers for Next Year’s Annual Conference
GIA is seeking members to join us in serving on the Program Planning Committee for the 2015 Annual Conference, which will be held in Washington DC, at the Willard InterContinental, on October 28-30, 2015. The majority of the work is done between January and June, with the committee meeting monthly for one-hour conference calls.

After a call for sessions, committee members will be asked to review approximately 20 to 25 proposals and evaluate them by completing a rating sheet. During this process, the committee holds one face-to-face meeting to discuss the proposal ratings and make the final selections for the program. This meeting will be held in Washington in early- to mid-April. Attendance in person is not mandatory, but highly beneficial.

If you would like to volunteer or request more information, please email Darla Minnich or call her at 937.681.5213. And even if you don’t participate on the planning committee, you can still shape next year’s conference — by sharing topics to include on the agenda. Please send your ideas to Darla Minnich.

Community AGEnda Update
Check out the coverage in the Arizona Republic of a great story in Maricopa County, AZ: Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) partner Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors launches year two of its holiday lights program.

And the next edition of GREAT PLACES, our age-friendly e-newsletter, is coming soon. Check out the first edition if you haven’t seen it, and please email us to subscribe or to send us your age-friendly news!

Funders for Age-Friendly Communities
Join our next webinar: Age-Friendly Communities: Which Government and Planning Organizations Should You Choose As Collaborators?
Thursday, January 15, 2014, 3:00-4:00 pm ET

Few funders understand the roles of planning and government organizations, why we might want to work with them, and how to begin. Which government bodies (municipal, county, regional) affect which types of long-term change (e.g., zoning, transportation, planning, neighborhoods, housing, parks)? Where are the opportunities for funding that will cause sustainable community improvements that benefit older adults? We will answer these and other questions in the first Funders for Age-Friendly Communities webinar of 2015. Speakers include Joanna Turner, Executive Director, National Association of Regional Councils, and Kathryn Lawler, Manager of the Aging and Health Resources Division, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The moderator is John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging. Registration is now available.

Overview of National Age-friendly Initiatives Now Available
Could your community learn from the experience of national models for age-friendly communities? To help you to learn about other communities' experience and explore potential funding opportunities, visit this chart, which will enable you to scan state-by-state the multi-site locations of five national initiatives: AdvantAGE Initiative of Visiting Nurse Service of New York; the Network of Age-Friendly Communities at AARP; the Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities of the World Health Organization; the Livable Communities Collaborative of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; and Grantmakers In Aging's own Community AGEnda. Also, you will find locations of regional and metropolitan planning organizations that have an Area Agency on Aging located within them or are engaged in other aging initiatives. These planning organizations offer grantmakers an opportunity to build collaborations and undertake sustainable age-friendly improvements in transportation, walkability, zoning, housing, public safety, and the environment.

Webinar Recording Now Available
If you missed the webinar, Strategies and Tactics for Selling the Benefits of an Age-Friendly Community, from November 18, you can listen now to a recorded version on the Funders for Age-Friendly Communities section of the GIA website. Speakers are John Beilenson, communications consultant to funders and President of SCP (Strategic Communications and Planning), and Cathy Boyer-Shesol, Project Manager at Mid-America Regional Council, a metropolitan planning organization.

Conversations with GIA

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming 2015 webinars. In the meantime, if you missed recent webinars in the series, you can still view screencasts of each:
Financing Innovation—The LeverAge Program and GIA's Partnership Role, a webinar detailing a new national financing program designed to assist in the expansion of affordable aging services, senior housing models, and emerging aging innovations. From December 17, 2014. Click here to view the slides.

Aging and Mental Health, with Rush University Medical Center’s Robyn Golden, MA, LCSW (Director of Health and Aging) and Kate Krajci, MA, LCSW (Coordinator, Mental Health Services of Health and Aging), and Mary O’Donnell, Senior Program Officer at The Retirement Research Foundation. From November 10, 2014. Click here to view.
The Scaling Marketplace: A New Strategy Helping Funders Seeking to Achieve Large-Scale Impact, with Alex Rossides, CEO and co-founder of the Social Impact Exchange, and Christopher Langston, Program Director at The John A. Hartford Foundation and Chair of the GIA Board of Directors. From October 7, 2014. Click here to view
How Our Eyes Age: The Impact on Everyday Life, with Chris Girkin, MD, MSPH, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, Professor in the UAB Dept. of Ophthalmology and Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director of the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama. From September 5, 2014. Click here to view.
Connecting Generations Through Documentary and Intergenerational Tech Training, with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation, and Brenda Rusnak, producer, Cyber-Seniors. From August 12, 2014. Click here to view.

Aging News
Applications for the 2015 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Now Being Accepted
Cambia Health Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, a national initiative designed to identify, cultivate, and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. The program seeks to support outstanding emerging nurse and physician leaders by investing in their professional development over a two-year period. Scholars receive $180,000 ($90,000/year) in funding to conduct an innovative and impactful clinical, research, education or policy project in the field of palliative care and implement a leadership career plan designed to support their growth as leaders in the field. Physicians and nurses from across the United States are eligible to apply.

Applications are due February 28, 2015.
Learn more about the program and download an application.

Age-Friendly Communities: Which Government and Planning Organizations Should You Choose As Collaborators?
Thursday, January 15, 2014, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Register for this webinar.

2015 GIA Annual Conference
October 28-30, 2015
Washington, DC
Member News

The Archstone Foundation recently unveiled its new website, which has been redesigned with a powerful grants database to make it easy to find current and past grants. Check out the new site.
Awards and Grants

In December, Cambia Health Foundation announced a $10 million endowment to the Palliative Care Center of Excellence at UW Medicine in Seattle. The Center will take on the Cambia name and the investment will be used to support research, education and training, and clinical leadership. Read the entire press release for more information.

The Plough Foundation has awarded grants totaling nearly $12 million in support of local programs serving seniors, the Memphis Daily News reports. Learn more about how the grants will be used by reading the press release.

The Cleveland Foundation announced its fourth-quarter grants, including $1.25 million to expand the foundation's Encore Cleveland initiative. The grants were awarded to BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence to implement an Encore Cleveland Fellowship program; to Fairhill Partners to create an evidence-based chronic disease management program for vulnerable seniors; and to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging to engage artists age 50 and older in providing arts-based programming to seniors in the region. Read more here.


Opinion Piece: Effectiveness of Foundations
Marc J. Dunkelman explores fundamental changes in our society with regard to caring for our neighbors, and how foundations are instrumental in helping to provide a social safety net as people age. Read the entire article.

Issue Piece: Aging in Place
When it comes to the issue of housing for low- and moderate-income older adults, the central issue is ensuring that they have housing that is both affordable and adequate to their needs. Organizations involved in helping provide such housing are increasingly recognizing that “adequate” doesn’t just mean a home in good repair. It means a community setting that provides a range of services — most notably, healthcare — right at the doorstep. Read the article to find out how LeadingAge is tackling these issues by developing a Housing Plus Services guide. From AARP.

Social Network

Social media is a great way to get your message out and to build interest in aging issues. Have you liked GIA’s Facebook page yet? If not, please do, by clicking here! We post a lot of news about GIA and our members there and it’s a great way to stay in touch. 

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